FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2012
Restrictions are eased for industrial operations, even as burn ban is extended
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that while weather conditions are still too dry to allow outdoor burning, the precaution levels will be moderated for industrial forest operations in some areas of the state.
For both sides of the Cascades, a statewide burn ban remains in effect on all DNR-protected lands; the ban is in effect through October 7, 2012, and includes all forestlands in Washington, except for federal lands.
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels eased in some areas
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) levels for logging and industrial operations in the woods will be lowered in some areas of Washington.
Effective at 12:01 a.m., October 4, 2012, the following IFPL Zone will lower from a complete shutdown of operations to Level 3 (Partial Shutdown map)
- Douglas, Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima counties (Zone 675)
Effective at 12:01 a.m., October 4, 2012, the following IFPL Zone will lower to Level 2 (Partial Hoot Owl map):
- Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima counties (Zone 680)
The IFPL Hotline is updated each afternoon around 5 p.m. For the IFPL in your desired work zone, call 1-800-527-3305.
The IFPL system
- Industrial Fire Precaution Level applies to all industrial operations that may cause a fire on or adjacent to lands protected from fire by DNR (WAC 332-24-301); this applies to logging and other industrial operations.
- The levels are established for each of 38 “shutdown zones” in the state on the basis of National Fire Danger Rating System data.
- There are four IFPL levels:
Level 1 (closed fire season): fire equipment and a fire watch is required
Level 2 (partial hoot owl): limits certain activities to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a fire watch is required
Level 3 (partial shutdown): prohibits some activities and limits others to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a fire watch is required
Level 4 (general shutdown): prohibits all activities
The same system is used by DNR, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. This provides consistency for workers operating on lands regulated by the different agencies. For specific information regarding components of the IFPL system, visit DNR’s website.
Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, firstname.lastname@example.org
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